Issue 31

August 1996.  40 pages

  • Cover commemorates Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s 100 years.
  • Three pages of Park Remark.
  • Construction report on Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix in France.
  • A couple of Welsh parks worth visiting along with Oakwood.
  • An article on the re-opening of Dreamland in Margate.
  • A profile of Heide Park in Germany.
  • The Blackpool Pleasure Beach 100th year celebration, including:
    The Big Dipper’s life story
    The Sir Hiram Maxim Flying Machine’s life story
    Three coasters that no longer operate there
    Members’ memories from over the years
    and a whole lot more.
  • Horwood Coastering. Michael reports on his recent trip through the UK.
  • Report on the Sky Coaster on Blackpool’s South Pier in England.
  • Report on Lethal Weapon at Warner Bros. Movie World in Germany.
  • Report on X:/No Way Out at Thorpe Park in England.
  • Report on The Great White at Morey’s Piers in New Jersey.
  • Report on Outer Limits at Kings Dominion in Virginia.
  • Four page of news.

Issue 32

November 1996.  40 pages

  • Cover features the IAAPA Expo.
  • Two pages of Park Remark.
  • An odd day at Oakwood, including the first nude photo in First Drop!
  • Construction report on Stampida and Tomahawk at PortAventura in Spain.
  • Construction report on Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix in France.
  • Article on Fujiyama, the world’s tallest coaster at Fuji-Q in Japan.
  • Large IAAPA Expo report.
  • An interview with Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, who talks
    about the amazing Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland.
  • Fantasy Island plans for a large looping coaster.
  • A profile on Liseberg in Sweden.
  • A report on Thunder Looper’s last day at Alton Towers in England.
  • Article comparing the original Freefall, the Giant Drop and a Space Shot.
  • Horwood Coastering. Michael’s coaster year in the States. Part 1 of 2.
  • Report on Superman The Escape at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
  • Three and a half pages of news.

Issue 33

December 1996.  40 pages

  • Cover has an eastern design.
  • Two pages of Park Remark.
  • A new set of plans for Battersea Power Station in England.
  • List of coasters opening in 1997.
  • Large Scottish fair sees features a German travelling coaster.
  • 1997 opening dates for parks in Europe.
  • Construction report on Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix in France.
  • Article on Steel Stella, a scaffolding and wood coaster in Clacton, England.
  • Horwood Coastering. Michael’s coaster year in the States. Part 2.
  • What is a coaster?
  • A large feature on “out of the way” parks, including:
    Beijing Amusement Park, Lenin Park, Suva Park, Lotte World,
    Seoul Land, Lotte World Sky Plaza, Expoworld, Himeji Central Park,
    Rakutenchi, Kijima Park, Fujikyu Highlands, Expoland, Yomiuriland,
    Portopialand Kure, Korakuen, Spaceworld, Sommarland,
    Nara Dreamland, Nagashima Spaland, Disneyland Tokyo,
    Gotemba Family Land, Nihon How Land, Hakkeijima Sea Paradise,
    Mitsui Greenland.
    Also includes tips for getting to some of the parks.
  • Four and a half pages of news.

Issue 34

February 1997.  40 pages

  • Cover features Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix.
  • Construction report on SW4 (Oblivion) at Alton Towers in England.
  • A new first drop is added to The Big One at BPB in England.
  • A look at Tower of Terror at Dreamworld in Australia.
  • John Wardley talks about the now complete Stampida and Tomahawk.
  • Construction report on Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas.
  • Construction report on Roadrunner Express at SF Fiesta Texas in Texas.
  • Construction report on Windjammer at Knott’s Berry Farm in California.
  • Construction report on Chang at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Kentucky.
  • Construction report on Runaway at Rotunda in England.
  • A report on the large Foire du Trone fair in Paris.
  • An article on the Reverchon Spinning Wild Mouse.
  • Superman The Escape at SFMM in California re-opens with a boost.
  • Horwood Coastering.  Michael looks at the coasters in Nevada.
  • Report on Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix in France.
  • Report on Fujiyama at Fujikyu in Japan.
  • Four pages of news.

 

Issue 35

April 1997.  40 pages

  • Cover features Stampida at PortAventura.
  • First report about Islands of Adventure in Florida being built.
  • A report on two parks in Japan.
  • An article looking at parks in Australia and New Zealand.
  • A large feature on three Spanish Parks.
  • Skytrak, the first Flying Coaster at Granada Studios in England is ready.
  • Horwood Coastering.
  • Report on Batman & Robin at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey.
  • Report on Euro-Mir at Europa Park in Germany.
  • Report on Steel Force at Dorney Park in Pennsylvania.
  • Report on the Wild Mouse at Flamingo Land in England.
  • Report on Stampida at PortAventura in Spain.
  • Report on Playstation – the ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England.
  • Report on Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia.
  • Five pages of news.

Issue 36

July 1997.  40 pages

  • Cover ties into an article on New England parks.
  • Construction report on Volcano at Kings Dominion in Virginia.
  • Construction report on SW4 at Alton Towers in England.
  • A feature on the parks of New England, including:
    Lake Compounce, Santa’s Village, Story Land,
    Funtown USA, Whalom Park, Canobia Lake Park,
    Quassy Park and Riverside – The Great Escape.
    An article on plans to build a Six Flags New England.
  • An article on the rebuilding of a Jumbo Jet that had lain idle for many years.
  • An article concerning Conneaut Lake Park’s reopening.
  • More details are unveiled of Islands of Adventure in Florida.
  • Horwood Coastering.  Space Mountain.
  • Report on Zeus at Big Chief’s in Wisconsin.
  • Report on Chang at Kentucky Kingdom in Kentucky.
  • Report on Runaway at The Rotunda in England.
  • Report on Tomahawk at PortAventura in Spain.
  • Six pages of news.

Issue 37

September 1997.  40 pages

  • Cover has a Halloween theme.
  • Four pages of Park Remark.
  • Construction report on Vogel Rok at Efteling in the Netherlands.
  • Construction report on Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England.
  • Construction report on Power Tower at Cedar Point in Ohio.
  • Construction report on SW4 at Alton Towers in England.
  • Construction report from Islands of Adventure in Florida.
  • Hersheypark’s new Great Bear coaster announced.
  • M&D’s in Scotland new Pinfari looping coaster announced.
  • A report from the 1997 LIW show in Birmingham, England.
  • A report on Nasu Highland Park in Japan.
  • A report on the Goose Fair, the UK’s largest fair.
  • Halloween special. Includes features on Universal’s parks,
    Pasaje Del Terror in Barcelona, Halloween at Cedar Point,
    Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland Paris and
    Spooky World – behind the scenes.
  • Horwood Coastering. Michael looks at Big Chief’s park in Wisconsin.
  • Eight pages of news.

Issue 38

December 1997.  44 pages

  • Cover features the IAAPA Expo.
  • Construction report on Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure.
  • Construction report on the Drop Ride at the Trocadero in England.
  • Construction report on SW4 at Alton Towers in England.
  • Construction report from Islands of Adventure in Florida.
  • A report on the Hamburg Winter Dom.
  • A report on the Premier buy out of the Walibi Group.
  • An article from the Arrow factory on their new Wild Mouse.
  • A feature on Thriller’s last day of operation in Europe.
  • Disneyland Paris celebrates five years of operation.
  • A profile on Phantasialand in Germany.
  • Model coaster Hamleys in London had in their window over Christmas.
  • Large IAAPA Expo report.
  • Report on Typhoon Sea Coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland.
  • Report on the travelling Huss Shot ‘n Drop in Germany.
  • Report on the new 300ft Sky Coaster at Old Town in Florida.
  • Nine pages of news.

Issue 39

February 1998.  40 pages

  • Cover features Oblivion at Alton Towers.
  • 11 page feature on Oblivion (SW4). Including an update on the ride.
  • An interview with Glenn Earlam, the Divisional Director of
    Marketing at Alton Towers. The Internet, how it has “discussed”
    the new ride. An interview with John Wardley. A ride report.
    A description of the technical aspects of the ride.
  • Construction report on the Drop Ride at the Trocadero in England.
  • Construction report on Riddler’s Revenge at SFMM in California.
  • Construction report on Rampage at Visionland in Alabama.
  • Construction report on Taz’s Texas Tornado at SF Astroworld in Texas.
  • Construction report on Roar at Adventure World in Maryland.
  • Construction report on Mamba at World’s of Fun in Missouri.
  • Construction report on Vogel Rok at Efteling in the Netherlands.
  • Construction report on Excalibur at Funtown in Maine.
  • Article on Premier buying Six Flags.
  • 1998 park opening dates.
  • Large list of Intamin rides under construction in 1998.
  • A report on Scandia Park in California.
  • An article on what happens behind the scenes at Alton Towers in England.
  • A profile on Warner Bros. Movie World in Germany.
  • Horwood Coastering. A round-up of new rides in 1997.
  • Report on Rattlesnake at Chessington World of Adventures in England.
  • Report on Star Trek the Experience in Las Vegas.
  • Five and a half pages of news.

Issue 40

May 1998.  40 pages

  • Cover features Riddler’s Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • Ten pages of Oblivion opinions.
  • Wild Rides 2 TV programme films Tonnerre de Zeus at Parc Astérix.
  • List of coasters opening in 1998.
  • Construction report on Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England.
  • An article on Six Flags Magic Mountain.
  • A comparison of the three new B&M Stand Up coasters.
  • 1997 Survey results.
  • Horwood Coastering. Michael finishes his 1997 round-up.
  • Report on Giant Drop at Gröna Lund in Sweden.
  • Report on Vogel Rok at Efteling in the Netherlands.
  • Report on Drop Ride at the Trocadero centre in England.
  • Report on Riddler’s Revenge at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.
  • Report on Mamba at World’s of Fun in Missouri.
  • Report on Mr. Freeze at Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri.
  • Seven pages of news.